National Bus Safety Week

by Katie McGraw on October 22, 2013 at 7:02 am

This week is National School Bus Safety Week and The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be more present than ever to enforce the law in and around schools.

Sergeant Chuck Merryman, from the Zanesville Post of the Highway Patrol said although troopers are diligent all the time regarding bus safety, this week they do a little bit more.

"We want to make sure our troopers are out on the roads, being seen within the school zones especially, checking speeds through the school zones,” Merryman explained. “We also have our troopers following school buses, watching for motorists that are not stopping, for the flashing red lights or the bus."

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, from 2010 to 2012, there were 4,600 crashes involving a bus, with 10 of these crashes being fatal.

"It’s the most dangerous portion of a kids bus ride, getting on and off the bus, so if we can do our part for safety, we are going to."

Troopers may also be riding on the bus with the children to watch for violations and if the bus driver sees a violation and takes down the license plate, the patrol will contact the offending driver. If the offense is for passing a stopped bus with flashing lights, patrol can issue citations without witnessing the act.